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This June 15, 2011 file photo shows Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal in Phoenix. Huppenthal says he is the author behind several anonymous blog posts that referred to welfare recipients as "lazy pigs" and Planned Parenthood as the cause of abortions among African-Americans, and that he sincerely regrets if his comments offended anyone. The comments date back to 2011 and were posted on political blogs. They touched on issues such as education, the economy, immigration and health care. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

"Who is that masked man?"

That's what they always used to ask about The Lone Ranger. But in the last couple of days, Arizona has discovered that we have our own figure wrapped in a cloak of mystery and anonymity.

And Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal doesn't need The Lone Ranger's signature silver bullet either, now that his highly inflammatory blogs have come back to him in the form of a digital suppository.

Huppenthal, who happens to be running for re-election, has been posting blogs under assumed computer names. That's done every day by most of us, but he's a publicly elected figure in charge of Arizona's public school systems. And the important thing about the formerly anonymous blogs is that they include references to welfare recipients as pigs, comparing Planned Parenthood to the Holocaust and blaming F.D.R. for the Depression.

It should be noted that many of the postings were also pro-Huppenthal. Once it was discovered he was actually the author, naturally he apologized to those he may have offended.

That's me, John!

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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